Pilot Shortage Forecasted


There has been much discussion of pilot shortages within the industry and whilst some claim this talk is premature, Airbus's latest forecast is that air traffic will grow 4.7% annually over the next 20 years whilst Boeing predicts 5% annual growth.

That translates into a demand for between 29,220 and 35,280 new aircraft.

It means, according to a report by Boeing, that about 498,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed over the next two decades.

Meeting this unprecedented demand will require innovative solutions to match the learning requirements of a new generation of pilots.

The growing diversity of aviation personnel will require instructors to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills. Training providers will focus more strongly on enabling airplane operators to gain optimum advantage from the advanced features of the latest generation of airplanes.

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